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two suspected Zetas in Saltillo tied to The Peluso

Detainees are Eduardo Herrera Nuncio, “El Lalo” Alberto Torres and Sergio Nuncio, “The Czech” who confessed to belonging to the criminal group

Detainees are Eduardo Herrera Nuncio, “El Lalo” Alberto Torres and Sergio Nuncio, “The Czech” who confessed to belonging to the criminal group

Staff of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (Semar) said two suspected Zetas in Saltillo, Coahuila, were apparently logistics operators Said Omar Juarez, The Peluso, alleged head of Square in the same city.

The Semar said a patrol in the Latin American colony, Marines spotted two armed men after falling from a vehicle entered a building and at the flagrancy of an alleged offense under federal jurisdiction were stopped in the driveway of the place.

Detainees are Eduardo Herrera Nuncio, Lalo Alberto Torres and Sergio Nuncio, The Czech , who confessed to belong to the criminal group Los Zetas and their job was to look after the weapons allegedly provided them Said Omar Juarez.

The federal agency noted that The Peluso , was the alleged leader of Plaza Saltillo and was secured by elements of Semar November 7.

During the arrest of the two suspects were secured nine rifles, two short, thousand 920 rounds of ammunition for firearms of different caliber, a tube grenade launcher, a grenade, a car and other items.

The detainees, weapons and other objects were secured to the Public Prosecutor of the Federation under the preliminary AP/PGR/SEIDO/UEITMPO/148/2012.

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Posted by on 11/12/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Did Mexico Kill Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano leader of the Zetas Cartel?

Has he been killed?

Mexico may have notched its biggest victory in its six-year offensive against drug cartels with the presumed killing of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the leader of the ruthless Zetas cartel.

Lazcano, one of the founding members of the cartel responsible for some of the most violent atrocities that have come to define the drug wars, is believed to have been killed Sunday in a small town in northern Mexico, just 130 miles from the Texas border.

There are “strong indications” that Lazcano, alias “El Lazca,” was among two people killed in a confrontation with marines in Progreso, Coahuila, the Mexican navy said in a statement Monday.

But, the navy added, it will need to carry out more forensic tests to make a final determination.

The Zetas — headquartered in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, directly across the border from Laredo, Texas — make up Mexico’s largest drug cartel in terms of territory. The group has operations in 11 Mexican states

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano is the subject of a $5 million reward from the U.S. State Department.

Lazcano, who is the subject of a $5 million reward from the U.S. State Department and another $2.3 from Mexican authorities, has been rumored killed or captured several times before.

The cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs annually to the United States, generating many millions of dollars.

Gulf Cartel boss arrested

And the name conjures up some of the most violent images of the drug war: a casino fire that killed 52, the deaths of 72 migrants, tortured bodies hanging from bridges.

According to the navy, marines were dispatched Sunday to Progreso in response to complaints of an armed group in town. The marine vehicles were attacked with grenades thrown from a moving vehicle, and a firefight ensued, the navy said.

Two of the attackers were killed, and one marine was injured, the navy said.

Authorities also recovered two assault rifles, a grenade launcher and 12 grenades, as well as a rocket launcher and two rockets, the navy said.

A local newspaper published a slightly different version of events, before news of Lazcano’s possible death was reported.

The Zocalo newspaper reported “moments of panic and terror” when the shootout broke out next to where families where enjoying a baseball game.

According to the newspaper, the shooting started when marines tried to search a suspicious Ford Ranger pickup and its occupants opened fire.

If Lazcano is dead this time, it will be a blow to the cartel but would not necessarily mean its demise. The Zetas are not centralized, as are some other cartels such as La Familia, analysts say.

Another Zetas leader, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “El Taliban,” was captured last month. Velazquez was said to have led a faction of the Zetas that was at odds with the main cartel, led by Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.

Lazcano, 37, joined the Mexican armed forces in 1991 and was part of its elite airborne special forces group, dedicated to battling drug cartels.

Soon after, Lazcano and several other special forces members were recruited by the Gulf cartel to create its enforcement arm, Los Zetas.

In the ensuing years, the Zetas split into their own major drug trafficking organization, and have since branched out into extortion, kidnapping and human smuggling.

The Zetas are in the midst of a bloody turf war with their former employer, the Gulf cartel, and also with the Sinaloa cartel. The fight for access to lucrative smuggling routes in northern and central Mexico has left thousands of civilians dead.

The violence is particularly acute in three northeastern states that are some of the Zetas’ strongest-held territory: Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

In May, authorities found 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies along a highway in Nuevo Leon. The orders to commit the grisly crime allegedly came from Lazcano himself, who originally wanted the bodies to be left in a town’s central square.

“100 percent Zeta” was painted in black graffiti on a wall at the entrance of a nearby town, indicating Mexico’s paramilitary-trained cartel had committed another atrocity on a stunningly large scale.

But days after the bodies turned up, new banners turned up hanging in locations throughout the country, purportedly from the Zetas, claiming that the notoriously ruthless cartel had nothing to do with the gruesome crime.

Last year, the bodies of 72 migrants from Central and South America were discovered at a ranch in Tamaulipas state.

The Zetas have been blamed for the mass graves and for the deaths of the migrants.

Mexican officials have said that more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on cartels in December 2006. Some groups say the number is much higher.

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Posted by on 10/09/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Accountant for Zetas, Lorenzo Zepeda Jose Saenz was captured

Lorenzo Zepeda Jose Saenz was captured on September 8 in Monclova Township

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MEXICO CITY, The Mexican Army arrested Lorenzo Zepeda Jose Saenz, alias “Uncle” and / or “LIC”, identified as alleged accountant for “The Zetas “in the municipality on 8 September in Monclova, Coahuil.

Through a statement, the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that “Uncle” was responsible for managing the money from the sale of drugs, kidnapping, extortion, robbery dues and fuel.

The Department of Defense said Lorenzo Zepeda Jose Saenz is alleged number of “Los Zetas” in Monclova Township, who apparently did get the profits from such activities for Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, alias “El Lazca”.

At the time of his arrest, “Uncle” had in possession a million pesos 56,000, plus $ 35,000, a rifle, a vehicle, telephone, computer equipment and documentation.

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Posted by on 09/12/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Arrested Mario Cardenas Guillen, El Gordo , Gulf cartel leader

During a precision operation and by a group of highly trained naval elements they managed to arrest Mario Cardenas Guillen, El Gordo , Gulf cartel leader and who along with Eduardo Costilla, El Cos , maintained control of the criminal organization.

arrested Mario Cardenas Guillen, El Gordo , Gulf cartel leader

Mario Cardenas Guillen’s brother Osiel Cardenas Guillen, historical leader of the Gulf cartel and who was arrested in 2003 and extradited to the United States.

According to reports from the PGR, Mario Cardenas Guillen, after his release from prison in 2007 after being arrested in 1995 on charges of organized crime and drug crimes, occupied with his brother Ezekiel cartel leadership Gulf, not to cede control group Heriberto Lazcano, so in February of this year the split came.

Mario Cardenas Guillen became the operator after Ezekiel and his brother was the one who caused the split with Los Zetas .

El Gordo was accused by the PGR to traffic from Matamoros prison and sending large shipments of cocaine and marijuana, and he was transferred in 2003 to Puente Grande Jalisco, was released in 2007.

On Tuesday, at 2 pm, they were presented at the headquarters of the Office of Special Investigations on Organized Crime (OFDI), under the PGR.

After his release from prison in 2007, Mario Alberto Cardenas held, along with his brother Ezekiel, alias Tony Tormenta , the Gulf cartel leadership, not to cede control to Los Zetas , a group led by Heriberto Lazcano and then armed cartel Gulf, so did the cleavage of the latter.

A Osiel Cardenas was stopped by the Mexican army in 2003.

Following this capture, Tony Tormenta wanted to take over the leadership of the Gulf cartel, but was unsuccessful.

Since then, Los Zetas attempted to wrest the leadership of the organization, resulting in an endless war in the streets of the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Veracruz, where violence has raged ever since.

Years later, in November 2011, the same Navy Abbe in Matamoros Mexico Tony Tormenta , and unleashes a violent new wave, and now it stops Marina heir of Cardenas Guillen, Mario, making its way to leadership of Eduardo Costilla, El Cos.

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Posted by on 09/05/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Zetas Kingpin El Mencho was not captured! False alarm!

The kingpin, whose alleged detention sparked an avalanche of narco-attacks in Jalisco, was the successor of El Nacho Coronel in the Sinaloa cartel

Zetas Kingpin El Mencho was not captured!

Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho originally from Michoacan was born almost 50 years ago in the community of Chila, Aguililla Township, in the heart of the Tierra Caliente of Michoacán.

Local authorities place him as one of the most influential lords of Michoacan, Jalisco, Colima and recent one in Veracruz, where they fought to Los Zetas, commissioned by Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo Guzman.

In Michoacán, Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, who also calls himself Ramos-Oseguera Nemesio is considered one of the primary dealers of methamphetamine and / or synthetic drugs, with influence in the municipalities of Tepalcatepec Coalcomán Coahuayana and Aquila.

A Rubén Oseguera, who is also known as The Gallero, is considered the successor of Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, died in Zapopan, Jalisco, on July 29, 2010, during a clash with the Mexican Army.

The Mencho was part of the Millennium cartel, Michoacan original criminal group, always in command of Armed Valencia Cornelio and in partnership with his brothers and José González Valencia Abigail, aka The Cuinis recognized organized crime bosses.

Rubén Oseguera fought in Michoacán to La Familia Michoacana , particularly Jesus Mendez Vargas, alias El Chango , Michoacan cartel founder, also had disputes with Nazario Moreno, alias El Chayo , capo allegedly spoiled, inspiration cartel calling itself the Knights Templar .

A The Mencho, sources with the Federal Police and the Ministry of National Defense, corresponded to rebuild part of the Sinaloa cartel after the death of Ignacio Coronel and founded the New Generation Jalisco cartel, to combat the presence of Los Zetas in Jalisco and Veracruz invade stronghold criminal group led by Heriberto Lazcano, alias El Lazca .

Inhabitants of Tierra Caliente defined as a type Rubén Oseguera menudito, good deal, but extremely dangerous.

Finco their actual Jalisco, mainly in the Guadalajara metropolitan area and areas adjacent to Tepalcatepec, Michoacan.

After an operation to capture members of the New Generation Jalisco cartel, held Saturday in Jalisco, Michoacan increased security in the areas adjacent to such entity.

In Tierra Caliente of Guerrero also reinforced surveillance after yesterday there were 11 dead and an unknown number of deaths in Luvianos, State of Mexico, in the Triangle of the Gap.

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Posted by on 08/28/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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The Zetas Cartel is divided and disputed

San Luis Potosi will become one of the new epicenters of violence related to organized crime in the coming weeks, a violence that will also impact Zacatecas and Coahuila, especially in Torreon. Just yesterday, in San Luis Potosi, the mayor-elect of Matehuala, Edgar Morales Perez , along with his campaign manager Francisco Colunga were killed  .

Last week, on August 9, a vehicle was located with 14 bodies with signs of torture and gun shots. One person managed to escape the slaughter, after he was presumed dead by the attackers. That same person ended up in hospital and in contact with military personnel and provided details of what happened.

So it was learned that the cartel Los Zetas has been divided, is broken and has begun the internal battle for control of the organization: one of the fractions is controlled by the so-called Z 40, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, whose group suffered hard financial hits in recent weeks in the U.S. with the arrest of his brother.

The other group is headed by the so-called Z 50 , and nicknamed The Taliban , with a strong presence, especially in the state of Coahuila. Both groups are fighting, in addition to that entity, Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi especially where they had a strong hegemony, it is weakened from the time they have started to fight each other.

The victims of this slaughter were members of the Z 50, most of Coahuila origin. Also in both groups would be killed in days delinquent in the state, when the army arrested the cell responsible for the facts, leaving four dead and three prisoners, among groups aggressors. Even the wave of violence that has erupted in Michoacan and Guanajuato could be related to this internal split in the cartel Los Zetas that has influence in both states.

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In this sense, there is information on what, in this internal process, would be the position of Heriberto Lazcano , the Lazca, the other leader of the criminal organization, which until now had not suffered significant internal ruptures, despite their fierce struggle against Sinaloa cartel and its allies.

They have already been given and that it suggests that the authorities will be serious clashes, violent events in the coming days in San Luis Potosi and other entities in which the two contending groups are present. A violence that obviously does not derive from the presence of security forces in that state, as some have argued, but the struggle that those criminal groups, like others in various parts of the country, have with one another to try to establish control on different territories.

In the past, with a smaller amount of information was much more complex have closely monitor how they were unfolding criminal groups. Currently this monitoring can be performed with reasonable accuracy and speed, but the same can foresee many scenarios. Obviously, there will be in San Luis Potosi and in battleground states by these groups a new peak of violence: we’re talking about Los Zetas, the most violent organization operating in every country, if used brutal violence against their opponents, it will be, as already seen these days, much greater in its internal conflict.

According to federal safety areas will therefore a strong increase of forces in these regions, in order to inhibit and work against the predictable crime wave. There will be a sharp increase in reconnaissance and intelligence activities in the area. Priority will be joint actions and cooperation between the authorities of the three levels of government and demand an active participation of society to stop this predictable Potosi wave of violence by going to the citizen complaint even have been enabled for this purpose special issues in the area and the military region and various emails.

The internal rupture of Los Zetas is good news in the field of combating criminal groups. It is noteworthy that this split is taking place, particularly between cells and the most hard of that organization. But, knowing the web of interests that moves, is the first time so clearly the authorities may try to prevent future outbreaks of violence, same to be stopped, require a strong social partnership by the complaint, and a activity of the local forces that tend to be less enthusiastic to do so.

For now, the Zetas have been broken. And we have to see how they line up other criminal organizations around the rupture.

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Posted by on 08/13/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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“piracy czar”, alleged member of Los Zetas cartel arrested

Mexican authorities today presented to journalists the detained Gregorio Villanueva Salas, known as “piracy czar”, alleged member of Los Zetas cartel and charged with several grenade attacks.

"piracy czar", alleged member of Los Zetas cartel
“piracy czar”, alleged member of Los Zetas cartel

Villanueva was arrested by soldiers on 11 June in the city of Monterrey in the north, along with three other members of his gang, who were also presented to the press.

 According to the statement read in the act spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), Colonel Ricardo Trevilla, Villanueva was “one of the main operators” of Los Zetas, one of the organized crime groups in Mexico which is notoriously brutal with its victims.

According to the source, the detainee responsible for controlling production and distribution of pirated discs in the states of Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Nuevo Laredo on the border with the United States.

In his statements to the authorities Villanueva said that the profits obtained he personally handed them to Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, “the Lazca”, considered the leader of Los Zetas.

 With the arrest of Villanueva, the statement indicated, “that this reduces the flow of resources for the criminal organization.” The drug cartels in Mexico have for years been extending its activities to commit crimes such as kidnapping, extortion and piracy.

Trevilla, reading the joint statement from the Department of Defense and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said Villanueva is allegedly responsible for an undetermined number of attacks on schools, businesses, media and military installations in the northern city of Matamoros, who allegedly committed these acts since 31 May. These actions, according to the same source, they sought to “create a climate of violence” in Matamoros and “affect the activities” of a rival organized crime group, the Gulf Cartel.

According to their statements to the authorities, Villanueva said that the bodies found on June 7 in the north of Tamaulipas, were alleged members of Los Zetas who were murdered by the Gulf Cartel “in retaliation for his involvement in attacks with grenades” so mentioned.

Arrested along with Villanueva were Rodolfo Cornejo Chan, Christian Gonzalez Miguel Navarrete Ruben Dario Martinez and Alvarado. During the arrest of the group, the military seized four rifles (including a submachine gun), a handgun, ammunition, six vehicles and about 291 thousand pesos in cash.

The detainees will be prosecuted for the crimes of organized crime, violation of the Firearms Act, illegal resource operations and infringement on copyright laws.

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Posted by on 06/15/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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